EYLES, Derek Charles

1902 - 1974

Born at 31 Regent Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk on 11 February 1902, eldest son of the five children of Charles Eyles [q.v.] and his wife Emma Mary née Lucas, and was a brother to Geoffrey Eyles (1906-1965)[q.v.] who was also an illustrator. Eyles's colour plates and black and white illustrations began appearing in boys' annuals in the 1920's and 30's, painting covers and drew interior illustrations for story papers like 'Wild West Weekly' also illustrating novels, including an edition of Jack London's 'White Fang' and children's books including an edition of Charles and Mary Lamb's 'Tales from Shakespeare' and in the 1930's and 40's, painted a series of covers for Collins' western novels. After the Second World War he was employed by Amalgamated Press to draw adventure strips for the publisher's comics including in 'The Knockout', 'The Comet', 'Cowboy Comics Library', 'Radio Fun', 'Adventures' and 'Swift'. He was particularly good at drawing horses which made him excellent for western characters such as Wild Bill Hickok, Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill. In the 1960s he worked mostly on the nursery end of the comics market with titles including 'Treasure' and 'TV Toyland', and on girls' titles such as 'Tina' and 'Princess Tina'. He married at Islington, London in 1928, Ann Maria O'Donovan (20 July 1896-1983), and had two children John, born 1929 and Margaret, born in 1932, both in London. In 1939 a commercial artist living at 266 Ballards Lane, Finchley, Middlesex, when his wife and daughter were living at 16 Highbury Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Suffering from diabetes, he died at Barnet Hospital, Middlesex in December 1974 after an unsuccessful operation.








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